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Mining Services News

Basil Read considers selling mining business, progresses with rescue plan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th January 2020 The business rescue practitioners of embattled JSE-listed construction company Basil Read on Thursday announced they had appointed an independent sales adviser to value the company’s mining business and adjudicate on potential offers for the business. This business is one of two the company... 

Growth initiatives to continue in 2020 as new laws come into effect  

By: Simone Liedtke     9th January 2020 Initiatives to drive growth and stabilise the economy will continue to be a focus in the coming year, especially as efforts to root out corruption and State capture progress, law firm Webber Wentzel says. Robust corporate governance for listed companies will also remain a focus area for the JSE,... 

Growth initiatives to continue in 2020 as new laws come into effect

Mining PPE market set to grow at 4.1% a year, says Frost & Sullivan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th January 2020 The global mining personal protective equipment (PPE) market is likely to garner revenues of more than $3.4-billion by 2023. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 4.1% from 2018, says business consultancy Frost & Sullivan (F&S) in its ‘PPE market forecast to 2023’.  

BMW Group first in auto sector to join responsible mining initiative

By: Simone Liedtke     8th January 2020 BMW Group has become the first member of the automotive sector to join the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (Irma). Irma is a global certification programme for industrial-scale mine sites and is based on the growing awareness and demand for ecologically and socially responsible... 

Cimic wins Rio contracts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th December 2019 Mining major Rio Tinto has awarded some A$150-million worth of contracts to ASX-listed mining contractor Cimic’s subsidiary CPB Contractors. CPB Contractors will deliver three separate packages of work at Robe Valley, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, worth approximately $150 million,... 

Steenkampskraal now fully permitted for construction  

By: Simone Liedtke     18th December 2019 Rare earth mine Steenkampskraal has received its water license from the Department of Water and Sanitation, marking the last of the remaining permits that the mine required, As a result, Steenkampskraal is now fully permitted to start construction and production, Steenkampskraal chairperson... 

Three companies launch WeChat programme for blockchain-enabled diamonds

By: Simone Liedtke     18th December 2019 Diamond miner Alrosa, Chinese multinational Tencent and independent technology company Everledger have launched a new WeChat Mini Program e-commerce solution to Chinese retailers. This demonstrates the power of blockchain technology to seamless enable the purchase with full transparency of their... 

Vast, Atlas Capital Markets continues making progress with funding

By: Simone Liedtke     18th December 2019 Aim-listed miner Vast Resources on Wednesday confirmed that progress continues to be made towards drawdown of tranche one of the binding documentation with Atlas Capital Markets. Both parties are said to be working together with the intent to effect the drawdown before December 31, 2019. 

Elandsfontein water use license hearing extended to February 2020

By: Simone Liedtke     18th December 2019 Aim-listed Kropz on Wednesday said that the Water Tribunal had requested continuation of the hearing hearing against Elandfontein’s invalid integrated water use license (WUL), which is expected to resume on February 6, 2020. The appeal hearing was heard by the Water Tribunal from December 11 to... 

Perenti's Ghana contract cancelled

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th December 2019 Mining services provider Perenti on Monday confirmed that Ghana Manganese Company had terminated its equipment hire contract with Perenti subsidiary African Mining Services (AMS) at the Nsuta manganese mine. Perenti said that the termination of the contract followed the temporary suspension of... 

Minerals Council joins calls for govt to ensure increased electricity self-generation 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa has welcomed the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE’s) statement that it is committed to the development of adequate generation capacity to meet electricity demand in the interests of economic growth. However, the council said the industry... 

Law firms set out notable aspects of draft amendments to MPRDA

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2019 Law firm Webber Wentzel this week set out some of the most notable aspects of the draft amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Regulations, following its publication by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe last month. In a report compiled by the... 

S Africa has large deposits of fluorspar

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th December 2019 The largest fluorspar deposits in South Africa are located in the Bushveld Complex, although there are also deposits in the Malmani subgroup of the Transvaal Super Group, notes law firm Eversheds Sutherland Mining and Infrastructure head Warren Beech. Mining company Sepfluor, through the Nokeng... 

Powerline relocation only major project left at Khanye

By: Tracy Hancock     13th December 2019 The relocation of an 88 kV powerline, which is traversing a future portion of one of the opencast pits and consequently sterilising a section of coal, is the only remaining project at the Khanye colliery. This project has been approved from an environmental and legal standpoint as part of the... 

Powerline relocation only major project left at Khanye
COAL CAPITAL The cost of the Khanye colliery’s establishment and construction equates to R600-million, which includes land acquisitions

Juwi completes first stage of Agnew hybrid mini-grid

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2019 International project developer Juwi has successfully completed the first stage of the development of one of Australia’s largest hybrid renewable micro-grid projects. Juwi’s Australian subsidiary, Juwi Renewable Energy, had installed a 4 MW single axis tracking photovoltaic system at Gold... 

Juwi completes first stage of Agnew hybrid mini-grid
Gold Fields' hybrid renewable energy project at Agnew gold mine

Orion Minerals closes share purchase plan

By: Simone Liedtke     11th December 2019 Dual-listed Orion Minerals’ share purchase plan (SPP) closed last week. The SPP was announced in October and closed on December 6. 

Afarak warns of retrenchments at South African subsidiaries 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2019 Specialist alloy producer Afarak has said two of its South African subsidiaries – Afarak Mogale and Ilitha Mining – might retrench some employees. The subsidiaries have issued a notice, in terms of Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act, to start to a 90-day period of consultations with workers... 

Kazatomprom bids farewell to Jon Dudas, appoints interim chairperson

By: Simone Liedtke     6th December 2019 Nuclear power company Kazatomprom bid farewell to independent board member Jon Dudas, who had been serving since 2015, and stepped down on Friday, December 6. Dudas, who had also been serving as chairperson of the company’s board of directors since August 2018, has been offered a position on the... 

Apple buys first carbon-free aluminium from Alcoa, Rio Tinto JV 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th December 2019 Technology company Apple has bought the first-ever commercial batch of carbon-free aluminium from a joint venture (JV) between two aluminum suppliers. The metal is being made by Elysis, the Montreal-based JV of Alcoa and Rio Tinto. The JV was established last year, with $144-million in funding... 

Recent developments bode well for copper, copper alloys

By: Mamaili Mamaila     6th December 2019 Several developments are making copper and copper alloys increasingly important, says metallurgical industry plant and integrated systems provider SMS group. 

Recent developments bode well for copper, copper alloys
MORE THAN JUST A METAL Copper is more than just a mined metal – it not only provides jobs but also promotes a higher standard of living

Bright future for copper – consultancy

By: Mamaili Mamaila     6th December 2019 The copper sector’s current buoyancy can be attributed to improved prices and substantial demand from industrialised nations, such as China, says civil and structural engineering firm ADA Consulting Engineers director Paul Maitre. 

Bright future for  copper – consultancy
LARGE FACILITY In the DRC, ADA Consulting is involved in the building of a large facility on the road towards Kinsevere mine, for a mining equipment supplier operating in the copper mining sector

Kansanshi benefits from longer wear life

By: Mamaili Mamaila     6th December 2019 Kansanshi mine, located near Solwezi in Zambia.has significantly reduced costs and improved productivity by applying solutions provider Weir Minerals’ Linatex premium rubber lining solutions. The mine site's remoteness meant that transporting parts and replacement material to site was time... 

Kansanshi benefits  from longer wear life
RUBBER LINING Weir Minerals Africa also does rubber lining at the factory based in Alrode

Wescoal posts lower profit, comprehensive income and cash generation in six months to September

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th December 2019 South African coal miner Wescoal recently reported its performance for the first half of the 2019/2020 financial year (April-September). While, in comparison the previous six months, revenues stayed static at R2.1-billion, gross profit fell to R195-million from R276-million, total comprehensive... 

Imminent trade war truce positive for iron-ore

By: Darren Parker     6th December 2019 Economic research institute Afriforesight expects the US and China to reach a trade war “truce” near the end of the year, providing some support for iron-ore. This anticipated resolution of the trade war is expected to have a positive effect on economic activity in general, including for steel... 

Imminent trade war truce positive for iron-ore
IRONING OUT THE ISSUES The resolution of the US/China trade war should mean an improvement for economic activity

Opportunities abound in uncertain iron-ore market

By: Darren Parker     6th December 2019 Where some might see cause for concern, mining services provider Ukwazi business development director Spencer Eckstein believes that the uncertain future of iron-ore demand and pricing could mean opportunity. Some of this uncertainty is exemplified by the announcement last month of the proposed... 

Opportunities abound in uncertain iron-ore market
Photo by Bloomberg
BALLS OF STEEL Pelletised iron is made from waste dust and can be used in the manufacture of steel

Automated tech implemented at iron-ore project

6th December 2019 The trial of the Smart Mine technology project at iron-ore mining company Sokolov-Sarbai Mining Production Association’s (SSGPO’s) Kacharsky opencast site has been successful. SSGPO, a subsidiary of international metals and mining conglomerate Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), says that it plans to... 

Automated tech implemented at  iron-ore project
SMART MINE The Kacharsky site is now home to a range of intelligent solutions that help improve efficiency

Nearing zero fatality milestone

By: Darren Parker     6th December 2019 Coal and iron-ore miner Exxaro Resources is making a final push to achieve its goal of being fatality free for three consecutive years. To better ensure that milestones like this can be reached, the mining company launched its Khetha Ukuphepha – Zulu for Choose Safety – campaign at its conneXXion... 

Nearing zero fatality milestone
DR JOSEPH MATJILA We believe that zero harm is possible

Perenti to exit 'higher risk' northern Burkina Faso

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd December 2019 ASX-listed mining services provider Perenti, through its subsidiary African Mining Services (AMS) has issued a force majeure notice at the Boungou project, in Burkina Faso, and has flagged its intention to exit the Bissa contract, with Norgold, following an attack on staff members in November.... 

NRW raises A$120m for BGC buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th November 2019 Mining services provider NRW Holdings on Friday said that it had received firm commitments to raise A$120-million through a share placement. NRW noted that some 42.1-million shares will be placed at a price of A$2.85 a share, representing a 1.4% premium to the company’s adjusted closing price on... 

Specialty chemicals company showcased oil and gas portfolio at ADIPEC

29th November 2019 Specialty chemicals company Evonik participated at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) held earlier this month, from November 11 to 14 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.   

S Africa has adequate oil and gas expertise

29th November 2019 The South African Oil & Gas Alliance (SAOGA) acting CEO Adrian Strydom is confident that South Africa has amassed adequate oil and gas expertise that will enable the country to service Southern Africa as well as the rest of the world. “There is sufficient capacity to compete with the rest of the... 

Battery technology advances could create savings, environmental benefits

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th November 2019 Further advances in battery technology are expected as new options come to market and new economies of scale are achieved, says independent consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. 

Battery technology advances could create savings, environmental benefits
ANDREW VAN ZYL AND MARCIN WERTZ Advancements in battery technology are likely to create the potential to reduce costs and environmental impact while providing a disruptive force as price volatility persists

Holistic solutions crucial for mining sustainability – consultancy

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th November 2019 Holistic solutions that consider closure, social, environmental and technical best practices will be important for the sustainability and longevity of the African mining industry, say independent consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. 

Holistic solutions crucial for mining sustainability – consultancy
ENAURING BEST PRACTICE The integration of the various mining-related disciplines such as mine planning and geotechnical, to environmental and social – is key to ensuring best practice on any project

Tailings dam failures concerning

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th November 2019 It is unacceptable that tailings dam failures are reported to be about ten times more frequent than water dams on a ratio basis, says geotechnical engineering company Geotheta CEO Ian Hammond, particularly in terms of loss of life, livelihood or environmental damage. 

Tailings dam  failures concerning
STRICTER FOCUS Professional engineers overseeing tailings facilities must account for more stringent, more severe and more appropriate factors in the design, monitoring, surveillance and closure aspects of the tailings storage facilities and their appurtenant structures

Partnership promotes pipeline tech

29th November 2019 Pressurised pipeline isolation, hot tapping and plugging services provider STATS Group has signed an exclusive partnership with oil and gas diversified product supplier Safari Oil & Gas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.   

Mine health, safety awareness crucial for consultants

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th November 2019 Owing to the mining industry having historically gained a reputation for being “inherently unsafe”, consulting engineers need to be more mindful of this aspect when working in the sector, says professional association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Christopher Campbell. 

Mine health, safety awareness crucial for consultants
CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL As there is an explicit emphasis on zero harm in the mining sector, consulting engineers in mining have to conform to industry requirements

Mechanisation drives service offering

29th November 2019 Structural steel designers and fabricators Structa Group of companies manufactures and supplies a range of infrastructure-related products including water storage tanks and industrial process equipment. 

Imminent surge in demand for PDS anticipated

By: Darren Parker     29th November 2019 Mine safety equipment supplier Booyco Electronics CEO Anton Lourens is anticipating a surge in demand for proximity detection systems (PDS) next year. In 2017, the Department of Mineral Resources, as it was known then, issued a 2020 deadline for mining companies to implement stipulations laid out... 

Imminent surge in demand for PDS anticipated
ANTON LOURENS As the 2020 deadline approaches, many late adopters are going to rush to be made compliant
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